Alongside the planting of their Gallipoli Oak seedling, Bethanga Primary School will unveiled a hand-made sculpture created by the students. The artwork will include over 80 glazed and painted ceramic poppies wrapped around wooden sleepers.
From the Border Mail, 26 April 2016:
Rutherglen Primary School will commemorate former principal and WWI veteran Charles Denehy with a proposed garden to be planted around their Gallipoli Oak seedling. The students wish to imbue the garden with personal meaning and significance by dedicating the garden in this way. Students Jaimee Gaston, Emma Hughes, Tilly Pinn, Mikayla Arnold, Damien Thorp, Mietta Habets and Nick Dare have created a website tracing the biography of Mr. Denehy and his contribution to the war effort.
From the Macedon Ranges Guardian, 18 December 2015:
There was a whole school commemoration service at our flagpole which involved our school based cadets from The Middle School, a speech from Mr Brendan Kincaide, a returned serviceman representing the R.S.L Mornington, Victoria branch. The Gallipoli Oaks story was shared by a Junior School Leader along with a twelve year olds reflection on “What Anzac Day means to them”. ‘Another Year Six Leader shared their Anzac day family story. Our Marching Band played Advance Australia Fair. Finally our School Chaplain led the school in a prayer. The oak was planted and a commemorative wreath was laid.
For our commemoration we invited local dignitaries including the Mayor, Commandant and representatives from local Army Base, Local Member Parliament, and Circus Director. The ceremony began with an Indigenous Smoking ceremony to honour the traditional landowners. Student Leaders then hosted their school through a ceremonial planting. The special guests were invited to each help in replacing the earth as a symbol of their commitment to helping the younger generation and generations to come in remembering the Anzacs, all who have fallen in wartime, and our current Serving Members in their service to our nation. There was a minute silence and poppies were laid by all participants. Our tree plant site and plaque block work, was prepared by students from our sister High School, who are involved in the HOLP (Hands On Learning Program)- a program for students who struggle to engage in traditional learning. These students were also involved in the planting ceremony. We are very grateful to have a Gallipoli Oak and look forward to many more years commemorations to take place around the tree.
Our oak was planted prior to the the 18th April. We then held an unveiling of a plaque with the RSL from Derrinallum, senior citizens , Lions Club and others being invited for afternoon tea and the unveiling. We used the ceremony that was suggested by the project and we read out the names of all men and women who attended Lismore Primary School. We read an extended version of those who gave their lives.